WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFVS) - U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) have introduced legislation that they say would help keep millions of working families out of poverty.
According to Durbin, the Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2013 makes permanent provisions of the American Tax Payer Relief Act that are set to expire after only five years, and strengthens and expands the eligibility of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and enhance the Child Tax Credit (CTC).
"This bill is pro-family, pro-work legislation that would strengthen refundable tax credit provisions that have helped lift millions of working families out of poverty," Durbin said. "The Child Tax Credit and the Earned Income Tax Credit encourage work, help families make ends meet, and lead to healthier and better educated children. I look forward to working with Senator Brown and many of my colleagues to ensure that these critical provisions are included in tax reform."
In 2012, more than 27 million taxpayers received nearly $62 billion in EITC benefits, according to Durbin's office.